The Romeike family has been granted a temporary one-year stay of deportation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after pro-family voices pushed back against the agency’s effort to kick them out of the country last month.

Originally from Germany, the Romeikes fled to the United States in 2008 to homeschool their five children. Former President Barack Obama sought to have them removed from the U.S. in 2012. A lengthy legal battle ensued, with the Romeikes, who had been (and are still) living in east Tennessee, eventually losing their appeal for asylum to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014.

2010 article:
On Tuesday, in a first of its kind case, a federal immigration judge in Memphis, Tennessee granted political asylum to the Romeike family, who fled Germany in 2008 to escape persecution from the German government for the “crime” of homeschooling. Judge Burman said in his decision that, “The rights being violated here are basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.” Judge Burman also expressed concern that while Germany is a democratic country and an ally, its policy of persecuting homeschoolers is “repellent to everything we believe as Americans.”

The persecution of homeschoolers in Germany has been intensifying over the past several years. Such families are regularly fined thousands of dollars, threatened with imprisonment, or have the custody of their children taken away simply because they choose to home educate.

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